"OlafS's Dresden Page (1995)" Dresden by OlafS

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The view at Dresden has been the inspiration for many famous and not so famous painters. Although an attractive sight, this is actually about everything that was left of Dresden's historical center after the bomb-attack in 1945, which destroyed one of the world's most impressive cities, but did not shorten the war for even a minute. Historians now generally agree that the bombing was unnecessary. Another view is that it was an act of pure evil as well, aimed at destroying the city's beauty and killing as many as possible of the tens of thousands of refugees packed in the streets of the undefended city, just to make sure they would never return to those parts of Germany that the Allies had promised to Poland and the Soviet Union. Crimes like this are always unexcusable, no matter who commits it and no matter who is the victim (get that, mr. B*?). What's the point of saying "but they started it first"? Why needlessly destroy such beauty that was a delight to people all over the world? Only a truly primitive mind can posibly believe that this is a just punishment. The people of Dresden have learned from history and have formed a partnership with Coventry, which was the victim of a similar bombing earlier in the war.

After the war the communists demolished much of the ruins in the center, many of which could have been repaired. Undamaged buildings vanished too. A church was demolished for no better reason than that some big communist cheese wanted to park his car at that specific spot. Much of the old Dresden was replaced by a typically communist city, with wide, windy streets and tall, uniform buildings.

(*Mr. B. is a VT-member who responded to an earlier version of this page in a rather backward manner. As he stated, he "would have leveled all of Germany" if he had had the chance. Mr. B. actually believes that you can act that way and still be one of "the good guys". I disagree; fighting evil never entitles you to act in a similar way as the evil you're fighting against.)

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  • RoscoeGregg's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2009 at 6:20 AM

    War sucks! Total war really sucks. Noncombatants are pawns for failed diplomacy. This makes 9-11 look like a cake walk. How do you start to clean something like post war Dresden up? Let us resolve to do better. To better days

  • carolineraat's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2002 at 6:53 AM

    Great pictures, Olaf!

  • nighthawk's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2002 at 3:20 AM

    i do hope dresden has been restored to old glory since yr vis

  • o00o's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2001 at 4:14 AM

    nice photos.


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